Monthly Archives: July 2017

July 20, 2017 | News, Press Releases

Announcing Internet Association’s Virtuous Circle Summit 2017

Top Internet Business Leaders Confirmed To Speak At Internet Association’s Third Annual Virtuous Circle Summit


BECKERMAN: “The value of the Virtuous Circle Summit is the conversations that take place when you bring together the leading voices in the internet innovation and policy space.”


Washington, DC — Today, Internet Association announced its initial list of confirmed speakers for the third annual Virtuous Circle Summit, which will be held on November 13 and 14, 2017, in San Francisco, CA. The exclusive event will bring together internet company founders, funders, key policymakers, top executives, and the drivers of innovation in the internet economy to discuss pressing issues facing the internet ecosystem.

“The value of the Virtuous Circle Summit is the conversations that take place when you bring together the leading voices in the internet innovation and policy space.  The speakers and attendees we bring together represent the diverse components of the internet’s virtuous circle that benefits all Americans,” said Internet Association President & CEO Michael Beckerman. “The internet is the nation’s fastest growing sector, and it requires collaboration among policymakers, industry leaders, and rising entrepreneurs to ensure it continues to grow.”

The summit offers a space for intimate dialogue on the latest trends, innovations, and challenges confronting the internet ecosystem. Confirmed speakers include (additional speakers will be announced later this summer, including government officials):

  • Max Levchin, Founder & CEO, Affirm, Inc.
  • Kimberly Bryant, Founder & Executive Director, Black Girls CODE
  • Pat Esser, President, Cox Communications
  • Devin Wenig, President & CEO, eBay
  • Diane Greene, Senior Vice President, Google Cloud Services
  • Barry Diller, Chairman & Senior Executive, IAC/InterActiveCorp & Expedia
  • Apoorva Mehta, Founder & CEO, Instacart
  • Marne Levine, COO, Instagram
  • Ben Silbermann, Co-founder & CEO, Pinterest
  • Steve Huffman, Co-founder & CEO, Reddit
  • Troy Carter, Global Head of Creator Services, Spotify
  • Ron Conway, Founder & Co-Managing Partner, SV Angel

A virtuous circle is a chain of events which reinforce themselves through a positive feedback loop.  For the internet industry, a virtuous circle is about innovation, investment, economic growth, empowerment, and prosperity.

For more information on the conference, including how to purchase tickets, panel descriptions, and updated speaker schedules, please visit vc.internetassociation.org.

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July 18, 2017 | News, Statements

Statement on Fight For The Future’s “Betrayal” Billboards

Washington, DC – Internet Association President & CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement on Fight for the Future’s “betrayal” billboards:

“Fight for the Future’s latest efforts on net neutrality are unacceptable. Accusing a Member of Congress of ‘betrayal’ while he’s recovering in the hospital is despicable. This type of advocacy is not what Internet Association and our member companies stand for. Whip Scalise is an honorable and hard working Member of Congress and I consider him a friend. We look forward to having a spirited policy conversation with him when he’s back at 100% and continue to hope for his speedy recovery.

Net neutrality is vital to our economy and while we strongly support the rules on the books at the FCC, we have also indicated a willingness to work with Congress to ensure strong enforceable net neutrality rules are left intact. In contrast, the tactics being used by Fight for the Future are not constructive. It is disingenuous for Fight for the Future to oppose working with Congress on legislation, while at the same time attacking members of Congress on this issue.”

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July 17, 2017 | News, Statements

Statement On NAFTA Negotiating Objectives

Washington, DC – Ari Giovenco, Internet Association Director of Trade & International Policy, issued the following statement on USTR’s NAFTA negotiating objectives:

“NAFTA was negotiated before the proliferation of the commercial internet, so it is essential that any renegotiation and modernization effort include strong digital provisions that will help the economy grow. While the internet industry is encouraged that the administration laid out NAFTA objectives that include cross-border data flows and streamlined customs clearance for low value shipments, we look forward to working with negotiators to include key issues like balanced copyright and liability protections for internet services. These protections are essential for internet-enabled American exporters and will ensure that a modernized NAFTA truly embraces the U.S. digital economy.”

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July 17, 2017 | News, Press Releases

Internet Association Files With FCC And Calls For Net Neutrality Rules To Be Kept In Place

BECKERMAN: “There is zero evidence that the Order has harmed the internet economy. In fact, we have strong evidence showing that ISPs, consumers, and internet companies of all sizes are thriving under the order. Rolling back net neutrality rules would stifle innovation and choice online.”

 

Washington, DC – Today, Internet Association filed its comments in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) “Restoring Internet Freedom” Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). Internet Association offered its full-throated support for the 2015 Open Internet Order.

“The facts are clear: the 2015 Open Internet Order is working and does not need to be changed,” said IA President & CEO Michael Beckerman. “There is zero evidence that the Order has harmed the internet economy. In fact, we have strong evidence showing that ISPs, consumers, and internet companies of all sizes are thriving under the order. Rolling back net neutrality rules would stifle innovation and choice online.”

Below are key highlights from IA’s filing:

  1. Both Quantitative And Qualitative Evidence Demonstrates The 2015 Open Internet Order Is Working. The Entire Internet Sector Is Thriving And There’s No Need To Change The Rules.
    • IA’s filing includes robust, statistically significant economic analysis that demonstrates ISP investment has not declined because of the current net neutrality rules. This quantitative evidence points in the same direction as the ordinary course statements from ISPs themselves since the current rules were enacted.
    • From the filing: “There is no reliable evidence that the 2015 Order has reduced ISPs’ investments in broadband infrastructure. Comprehensive economic research by IA has found that ISP investment is up over time, and shows no decline as a result of the Commission’s 2015 Order…Multiple, independent metrics — from actual capital expenditure numbers, to capacity, to prices — demonstrate that ISP claims of depressed investment don’t mesh with reality.”
  2. Loss Of Net Neutrality Rules – Especially Rules Preventing Paid Prioritization – Would Jeopardize Investment And Innovation Online.
    • In a world without net neutrality protections, startups would face discrimination from ISP owned or preferred content that’s granted a speed advantage through paid prioritization. This would hurt competition and consumer choice.
    • From the filing: “Allowing paid prioritization would in effect result in the ‘cable-ization’ of the Internet, in which edge providers (like creators of video programming in the cable context) would have to negotiate carriage deals on ISP networks in order to reach consumers effectively. This would harm startups and other small edge providers who lack the resources to pursue and pay for prioritized carriage, and would place all edge providers at the mercy of ISPs who would face minimal constraints on their ability to charge edge providers for prioritized access. The ultimate losers would be consumers who would be denied the wide variety of sources of content and services from edge providers.”
  3. The FCC Should Continue To Maintain Light Touch, Legally Sustainable Rules That Protect The Internet Ecosystem.
    • IA calls for the FCC to support light touch, bright line, ex ante net neutrality rules that prohibit blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization; prohibit unreasonable interference or disadvantaging of content by internet service providers (ISPs); apply equally to wireless and wireline internet connections; and include robust transparency requirements.
    • From the filing: “As the Commission has explained previously, ISPs have clear economic incentives to favor their own or affiliated content over third-party, edge provider content. Whether by blocking, throttling, or otherwise discriminating against third-party content, ISPs have the ability to negatively influence their subscribers’ experience with third-party content and use their gatekeeping power to favor their own or affiliated content, thereby limiting consumer choice and competition.
  4. The NPRM Fails To Acknowledge Extensive Investment By Internet Companies In Cloud Services, Which Are A Critical Part Of The “Virtuous Circle” Of Internet Investment.
    • Investment in the cloud by IA member companies is a significant part of the internet ecosystem. Innovation by internet companies fuels consumer demand for ISP services, which in turn incentivizes ISPs to invest more in their networks. These investments must be carefully weighed by the FCC as it moves forward.
    • From the filing: “The NPRM’s failure to address how its proposals will impact the cloud economy represents a fundamental misunderstanding of innovation and investment in the broadband economy and threatens to harm the largest driving force in the U.S. economy today. The success of the cloud economy and the transformation of the Internet into an indispensable part of daily life is largely based on a free and open Internet, one that enables consumers to access any website or app, buy any product, and use any service they choose.”

“Strong, enforceable net neutrality rules mean that consumers, not ISP gatekeepers, decide who wins and loses on the internet. No one wants to live in a world where the internet is like cable TV and consumers have to pay to access only a curated version of the internet,” concluded Beckerman.

In addition to the filing, all of IA’s member companies jointly filed a letter in the NPRM docket in support of net neutrality principles. From the letter:

“IA companies stand united for net neutrality. IA founding companies were built on the internet’s open architecture and best efforts commitment to treat all traffic equally, providing consumers with access to the lawful content of their choosing. Rules of the road are crucial to smaller IA companies as well as start ups along the internet economy’s long tail.”

To read IA’s full filing, click here.

To read the member company letter, click here.

To read the economic analysis mentioned in the filing, click here.

To read a two page summary of the economic analysis, click here.

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July 10, 2017 | News, Press Releases

Internet Association Calls For Enforceable Net Neutrality Rules On Day Of Action

BECKERMAN: “Without strong, enforceable net neutrality rules in place, innovation online will be stifled, consumers will have fewer and worse choices across the web, and the next generation of ground-breaking websites and apps will never come to be.”

 

Washington, DC – Today, Internet Association launched its Net Neutrality Day of Action website to educate Americans about the essential role net neutrality plays in preserving a free and open internet and encourage them to make their voices heard at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

“Net Neutrality is fundamental to the continued success of the internet,” said Internet Association President & CEO Michael Beckerman. “The internet is a place where the best ideas, products, and services can compete on an even playing field. Without strong, enforceable net neutrality rules in place, innovation online will be stifled, consumers will have fewer and worse choices across the web, and the next generation of ground-breaking websites and apps will never come to be.”

The website, iadayofaction.org, features:

  • A brief video explaining the importance of net neutrality and how to comment on the FCC’s website
  • A listicle describing the current state of play for net neutrality\
  • Detailed instructions on how to submit a comment to the FCC

“I encourage anyone who believes in a free and open internet to tell the FCC that they must preserve strong, enforceable net neutrality rules,” added Beckerman.

To view IA’s Day of Action website, click here.

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